I can't recall where I heard about Excision (2012) - some list of underappreciated little horror flicks, I imagine. Starring Annalynne McCord (feral-looking and 180 degrees from her role in the CW's 90210 redo), this is a darkly comic teen movie for 95% of the time. And then it just goes horrifically dark.
Pauline (McCord) is a pimple-studded, unwashed loner, shunned by her high school classmates and completely befuddling to her suburban parents. She plots to lose her virginity to a popular boy, dissects roadkill, fights with her mother and begs to see a real psychiatrist (not just the free sessions with the family's pastor). She pierces and cuts herself. She has disturbing and vaguely glamorous sex dreams about corpses, gore and mutilation. And her one goal is to become a surgeon so she can save her little sister, the one person she loves, from cystic fibrosis. Her sister needs a lung transplant. Can you see where this is headed?
This little movie has a surprisingly impressive cast too: Traci Lords and Roger Bart as Pauline's parents; Ariel Winter as her sister Grace; John Waters as the pastor; Marlee Matlin as a cotillion instructor; Ray Wise as the high school principal; and Malcolm McDowell as Pauline's math teacher. I don't know where I found Excision but I'm pretty happy that I did.
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